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Pastrnak (2G), Carlo (2 saves) lead Bruins to win at Ottawa

Matt Kalman
October 23, 2018 - 10:56 pm

After Urho Vaakanainen was knocked out of the game with a concussion Tuesday in Ottawa, the Bruins were down to five defensemen for the second time in three games.

The extra workload didn’t stop defenseman Brandon Carlo from taking on even more of an expanded role in the Bruins’ 4-1 win.

Tuukka Rask made 38 saves but it was Carlo’s two saves that really set the tone and made sure the Bruins salvaged a win on their now-concluded four-game road trip (1-1-2).

With the Bruins killing a penalty in a 0-0 game in the first period, Carlo reached into the crease to clear the puck off the goal line after a shut squeezed through Rask’s underarm.

The Bruins were protecting a 3-1 lead early in the third period when Carlo showed the type of hand-eye coordination that would make him a good fit on a local World Series baseball team by batting a shot out of the air after it deflected off Rask and continued toward the goal.

Together with his strong all-around game in the loss at Vancouver on Saturday, Carlo has now played probably his best two games of the season. And that’s a positive sign for the Bruins, who are probably going to be without Kevan Miller for an extended period of time because of a hand injury and might also be without Charlie McAvoy (depending on what the Bruins find out about what’s bothering him, if they don’t already know; they haven’t announced anything yet) for some time.

Oh by the way, David Pastrnak scored two goals and had two assists, but let’s face it, you’ve come to expect that pretty much every night. Not to be outdone Patrice Bergeron had one goal and two assists. And Brad Marchand had just one assist, but he made the type of move on a 2-on-1 with Pastrnak that should be worth three points.

As encouraging as Carlo’s play and the continued production of the first line, though, was the jump Boston’s second and third lines had, with David Krejci even scoring a power-play goal. The next step is becoming a four-line team.

The Bruins will be home for two games coming up Thursday (Philadelphia) and Saturday (Montreal).

Related: Watch: Bruins rookie Vaakanainen elbowed in face by Ottawa's Borowiecki